The Middle School Cross Country team attended the 1.8 mile Dodd Invitational at Cheshire Park on Oct. 28. In addition to KO, the other schools racing were Kennedy, Holy Trinity, Dodd, Shelton, Depaolo, Washington, and Moran. The weather was partly cloudy with low humidity and low winds. The temperature was about 64°F at the start of the race. Sasha Dausey ‘25, came in first place for KO in the girl’s race and 20th place overall, and Jaden Smith ‘24, came in first place for KO in the boy’s race and placed 49th overall. There were over 300 runners in the race. The course consisted of two loops, starting with a loop around a field and a small portion was in the woods. The second loop included the same portion of the field but the part of the loop that was in the woods was much longer and included a steep, rocky hill. After going through the woods, the loop continued around the tennis courts and finished again, on the field. There was mud in many places and the grass was very wet on the field but overall, the conditions were mild. For some of our runners, this was their last meet of the season and it was this was their chance to show off how they’ve improved throughout the season. Everyone has made so much progress since day one, and this meet shows the improvement the whole team has made.
The Varsity Field Hockey team beat Greens Farms 1-0 in overtime on November 2. KO played an all-out intense game that we ended up winning due to our hard work and determination to upset Greens Farms which is a higher seed than KO. We dominated the field, ran circles around them and wore them out. Greens Farms held their own and tried to keep up with our every step the whole game. We had our turn of shots on goal as well as they did. We outplayed them in the end, and we have been working for the past few weeks on 2v1s. In OT, it came down to a fast break where Cici Chagnon ‘21 got the ball and dodged three Greens Farms players to get the ball into their 25-yard line while Alyssa Pavano ‘22 sprinted up the field to help her with the breakaway. Chagnon entered their circle and drew the goalie out. As Chagnon drew her out of the goal, she sent a beautiful quick pass to Pavano, who was ready to receive the ball and swept the ball in with a hard shot. It was the victory of the season. This is one team we had to beat to get us closer to the tournament. Our next game is Monday against Hamden Hall which we plan on bringing home another win. "I could not be prouder of this team and their hard work and dedication," said coach Blake. Our OT standouts were Alyssa Pavano ’22, Cici Chagnon ’21, Caitlin Budzik ’21, Keegan McMahon ’21, Margo Dogiewicz ’21, Arie Lang ‘22, and Abby McLaughlin ’22. Other game standouts were Alex D’Addabbo ’20, Izzy Burke ’21, Allie Kotowitz ’23, Alex Arnold ’23, Cami Forslund ’21, Tori Swanson ’21, Lucia Gomez ’23, Issy Rome ’21 and Katharine Doar ’22. The team’s record is 11-4.
The Middle School Field Hockey
team beat Hamden Hall 7-0 on Nov. 6 to finish their season. The team wrapped up their undefeated season on Wednesday with a 7-0 shutout shared between goalkeepers Ysabel Albert '25
and Meghan Jo '25
. We celebrated eight amazing Form 2 students at this last game. Emma Barringer '24
and Chelsea O'Donnell '24
contributed so much to KOFH over their three years on the team. Olivia Gordan '24, Hana Haxhaj '24, Emma Korn' 24
and Victoria Layden '24
were all amazing two year players on the team and we welcomed Ashley Buckingham '24
and Charlotte Sorensen '24
to the team this year. Goals in this game were scored by Gordon '24 (3), Haxhaj '24, Layden '24, Hadley Crowther '25 and Eleanor Farquhar '26
with assists from Crowther '25 (3), Sorensen '24 (2) and Barringer '24
. The successful season wrapped on a high note with KO dominating play and all players seeing action offensively! Though the team graduates these eight Form 2 players, there are 16 players returning, so the future remains strong for KOFH! Go Wyverns!
The JV Girls’ Soccer team won 4-0 against Berkshire on Oct. 30. Their record is now 8-4. After a long bus ride, the girls got off to a sluggish start and did not play as cleanly as they had played in the last game. Despite their play, they earned several scoring chances early but came up empty. Natalia Correa '22 finally broke through, scoring off a breakaway started by a punt by Cai Kuivila '20 halfway through the half. Minutes later, Annabelle Jacobs '23 scored off a pass by Hallie Braunstein '23 at the top of the 18-yard box, and less than a minute later Amelia Levine '20 scored from outside the 18-yard box with a hard drive that found the back of the net to put the Wyverns up 3-0. Despite the score, the Bears continued to play hard and created some chances of their own, but Kuivila was able to handle the threats. In the second half, Sloan Duvall '21 used her body to knock in a goal off a cross from Correa. Eventually, the Wyverns held off the Bears for a 4-0 win. Kuivila made eight saves in net to keep a clean sheet. The girls are now 8-4 going into the last game of the season at Taft on Wednesday.
The Varsity Volleyball team won 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-13) against Berkshire in an away game on November 2. KO was a bit sluggish to start, as Berkshire went ahead 12-10 in the first set before Kathryn Westrick ‘20 got to the service line and put KO ahead 13-12. KO then maintained the lead for the rest of the set. In the second set, Lucy Gardner ‘21 was at the service line when the score was tied; she stayed there to secure a seven-point lead, which KO never lost. And, in the final set, Sydney Smith ‘21 put KO ahead on the service line staying there for six points. Throughout the match, Mackenzie Caruso ‘22 demonstrated great passing, and Audrey Decker ‘20 had some well-executed blocks in the middle. Every player was able to contribute to this KO victory, which makes it even better! KOVB is now 11-4, with three home games this week to close out the regular season.
The Varsity Girls' Volleyball team defeated Cheshire in front of an enthusiastic group of fans on Nov. 4 with a score of 3-1. Cheshire has always been a formidable opponent and today was no exception, as the scores show: 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 25-21. Once again, strong KO serving was on display; in the first set, it was Sydney Smith ‘21, in the second set it was Mackenzie Caruso ‘22, and in the fourth it was Bella Leushner ‘20, who served for eight straight points putting KO ahead, giving them a lead they did not lose. Offensively, Smith won many of KO's points with strong hitting from both the front and back rows, while Kathryn Westrick ‘20 had a few well-placed kills, as did Audrey Decker ‘20 and Jillian Plaut ‘23 in the middle. KOVB is now 12-4. The final week of home matches continues on Wednesday when they will meet Canterbury.
The Varsity Girls’ Volleyball team defeated Canterbury at home on Nov. 6 with a final score of 3-0 (25-17, 25-6, 25-19). Once again, every player was part of the victory. The younger players on the team had notable performances: Quinn Kearney ‘23 had a few kills at right side; Lexi Vail ‘22 served strong and had some passes to set up KO’s offense, and Naomi Wong ‘22 attacked from the outside. Mackenzie Caruso ‘22 served well and had another great day of passing from the libero position, and Jillian Plaut ’23 attacked from the middle and had a few key blocks. These contributions from the freshmen and sophomores, in addition to the leadership of the upperclassmen, most notably co-captains Sydney Smith ‘21 and Kathryn Westrick ‘20, made for a solid overall performance.
KOVB is now 13-4, with the final match of the regular season on Saturday, against Macduffie, which is also Senior Day. We will celebrate four seniors: Audrey Decker, Trinity Hudson, Bella Leuschner, and Kathryn Westrick.
The JV Volleyball team lost 1-3 to Loomie Chaffee on Oct. 30. Building off of a solid, consistent win in the last game, the team put on a performance they should be proud of against a strong opponent. Throughout the game, KO tested the opponent with constant hitting from Amrita Natarajan '22, Rinese Sterling '21, and Melissa Hasbrouck '21 in the front row. Our defense was solidified with effective passing from Aliza Sadiq '22 as the middle back and with the unstoppable hustle of Olivia Pear '21 as right side and setter. In the third set, Hailey Williams '23 used devastating serving to lead us on a run that gave us the cushion we needed to stay ahead and move on to a fourth set. Each set was hard-fought, and the team's progress, even from last week, was on full display in this game.
The Middle School Volleyball team finished their season with a 3-2 win against Rumsey Hall on Nov. 6. KO faced off against their opponent in five sets. Each of the five sets was incredibly close (25-21; 23-25; 22-25; 24-18; 15-13) and the girls played some of their best games of the season. All twelve players who traveled were focused and giving their all! We would like to give a special shout-out to our Form 2 players who will be moving on to Upper School volleyball next year: Jillian Alexander ‘24, Allie Arcaro ‘24, Ava Cashman ‘24, Maia Killory ‘24, Alexa Prahl ‘24, Alisa Ruban ‘24, and Erin Westfall ‘24. We thank them for their leadership this year on the team. A big thank you and congratulations to all of our players for a great season; we’re already looking forward to next year!